The Cheltenham Festival gets underway on Tuesday 16th March 2021 and horse racing betting odds are now live on every race.

Punters looking for Day 1 tips at the Festival can find our free horse racing tips live on the blog – fingers crossed we back a few winners!

Cheltenham Day 1 Tips:

2021 Cheltenham Festival Tips:

Cheltenham Day 1 Results:

  • Supreme Novices Hurdle winner: Appreciate It

  • Arkle Novices Chase winner: Shishkin

  • Ultima Handicap Chase winner: Vintage Clouds

  • Champion Hurdle winner: Honeysuckle

  • Mares Hurdle winner: Black Tears

  • Boodles Juvenile Hurdle result: Jeff Kidder

  • National Hunt Chase result: Galvin

The atmosphere will be different at Prestbury Park this year but racing fans will be copying the famous Cheltenham roar at home ahead of the Supreme Novices Hurdle.

Without further ado, let’s take a look at our Cheltenham Festival Day 1 tips. Find the latest Cheltenham racecourse results and more throughout the week here at 888sport!

Supreme Novices Hurdle

A small but select field of eight line up for the Festival opener on Tuesday so there’s fortunately still a chance to grab three places if you’re having an each-way wager.

The Willie Mullins-trained Appreciate It has been heading our 888sport antepost market for this race for some time now and we make him a 5/4 shot for Tuesday in our online betting.

Following an unbeaten hurdling campaign, including victory in the Grade 1 Chanelle Pharma Novice Hurdle at Leopardstown last month, the seven-year-old appears to hold all the ammunition in this contest.

The only worry punters may have is a statistical one as only two seven-year-olds have won the Supreme since 1972.

Harry Fry’s Metier also brings an unbeaten record over hurdles to the table and will be bidding to complete the Tolworth-Supreme Novices' Hurdle double following his facile victory in the Grade 1 in early January.

Royal Bond Novice Hurdle winner Ballyadam is sure to be in the hunt too, while Jonjo O’Neill’s Soaring Glory was an impressive Betfair Hurdle winner.

2020 Supreme Novices Hurdle result: Nicky Henderson’s Shishkin (6/1) just saw off Abracadabras by the narrowest of heads.

2021 Supreme Novices Hurdle tip: Appreciate It (WIN)

Supreme Novices Hurdle Tips


Arkle Chase

Hot favourite Shishkin will need to see off just five rivals if he is to land the Grade 1 Arkle Challenge Trophy Novices' Chase and confirm that he is one of the best novices around.

Unbeaten in his three runs over fences and the winner of the Supreme Novices' Hurdle last year, Nicky Henderson’s seven-year-old is the one they all have to beat and it understandable that he is one of the bankers of the week.

On paper the only conceivable danger to the Shishkin appears to be from Dan Skelton’s Allmankind. The exciting five-year-old is sure to go off like a terrier and if he gets his rivals under pressure in behind, one never knows.

Franco De Port could well be the beneficiary if the top two in the betting underperform, while Captain Guinness seriously needs brush up his jumping to figure. Eldorado Allen and Numitor will be left to fight it out the wooden spoon prize.

2020 Arkle Chase result: The front-running Put The Kettle On beat the gutsy Fakir D'Oudairies to land the spoils at 16/1.

2021 Arkle Chase tip: Shishkin (WIN)

Ultima Chase

16 runners go to post for the 3m1f Ultima Chase and the race will be a popular affair with all the each-way backers out there.

Flying the flag for the North is the Harriet Graham-trained Aye Right and if ever there was a candidate for a horse that is well overdue a big win, then it’s this eight-year-old.

Aye Right has been knocking on the door all season long with strong pieces of form emanating from the Charlie Hall, the Ladbrokes Trophy and the Skybet Chase. If he was to run up to that level here then he must have a very strong chance.

The Venetia Williams-trained Cepage has form at Cheltenham and should be considered even if he is racing off a career-high mark of 155.

He’s stepping up in trip but Williams must think its well within the nine-year-old’s scope. Charlie Deutsch adds another positive element to his chances.

One For The Team has seen sustained support in the betting all week but the are no telltale signs in his recent form to suggest why, whilst those looking for a big outsider should take a cautionary look at the bottom-weighted Fingerontheswitch who has run well at Cheltenham before.

2020 Ultima Chase result: The David Bridgwater-trained The Conditional (15/2) ground down Kildisart to take top honours.

2021 Ultima Chase tip: Cepage (E/W)

Champion Hurdle

It is hurdling’s greatest prize and we have one of the most competitive fields for years batting it out over the 8 flights and the 2m½f of Prestbury Park.

Henry De Bromhead’s unbeaten Honeysuckle is attempting to become just the fifth mare to win the Champion Hurdle under Rachel Blackmore.

If they were to do it they would probably make all the evening news bulletins which would be a great boost for the sport and women in general.

The current Champion Hurdler comes into this race after blotting his copybook at Kempton. Sent off the 1/5 favourite for the Christmas Hurdle, Epatante finished a distant second to Silver Streak.

The chances are she’ll bounce right back but many punters will have doubts about her now for win bet purposes.

Goshen put himself right in the frame for this after scooting up in the Kingwell Hurdle. Many punters will be hoping that he can make amends for that last flight mishap in the Triumph Hurdle last year but he does look a little overbet in the horse racing betting.

2020 Champion Hurdle result: The heavily backed Epatante (2/1 fav) scooted to victory to give Nicky Henderson Tuesday’s biggest prize.

2021 Champion Hurdle tip: Honeysuckle (WIN)

Champion Hurdle Tips

Mares Hurdle

Willie Mullins has dominated the Close Brothers Mares’ Hurdle in recent years and he once again saddles the hot-pot favourite here in Concertista.

It’s easy to see why she is proving so popular in the betting. The seven-year-old landed the Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle here in 2020 and has won two Graded races this season.

Her chief danger appears to be Roksana who took this prize two years ago after Benie Des Dieux came down at the last.

2020 Mares Hurdle result: The Henry De Bromhead-trained Honeysuckle (9/4) narrowly defeated Benie Des Dieux to claim victory.

2021 Mares Hurdle tip: Concertista (WIN)

Boodles Juvenile Hurdle

A maximum field of 22 go to post for the Boodles and this is probably one of the most open affairs of the afternoon. That’s not great news when it’s the final leg of the Placepot too!

Form students shouldn’t go too far wrong with the likes of the Willie Mullins-trained Saint Sam, Joseph O’Brien’s Busselton or Paul Nicholls’ Houx Gris, but the potential for a big outsider to pop up is definitely there.

At a tasty looking 25/1, Alan King’s Her Indoors looks like she has plenty more to come and King is a wily character when it comes to places his runners.

2020 result: Gordon Elliott’s Aramax (15/2) fought off Night Edition in a competitive juvenile renewal.

2021 Boodles Juvenile Hurdle tip: Her Indoors (E/W)

National Hunt Chase

Galvin is no stranger to Cheltenham having run creditably at previous Festivals. He finished sixth in the Ballymore Novices' Hurdle in 2019 and was runner-up to Imperial Aura in a handicap chase last year.

A recent shift of stables from Gordon Elliott to Ian Ferguson should not diminish his chances in any way and he has been totally laid out for this race for a considerable length of time.

If Galvin doesn’t make the grade then Next Destination certainly will. He won a couple of Grade 1's for Willie Mullins in 2018 and after some injury time off, he’s been tenderly brought back to the boil under Paul Nicholls.

It would come as no surprise to see Galvin and Next Destination finish 1-2 here, but in which order who knows?

2020 National Hunt Chase result: Ravenhill (12/1) reeled in the long time leader Lord Du Mesnil to claim victory under Jamie Codd.

2021 National Hunt Chase tip: Galvin (WIN)

*Credit for the main photo belongs to Steve Helber / AP Photo*

*Odds correct at the time of initial publication - subject to change*


FIRST PUBLISHED: 15th January 2021

About the Author
Steve Mullington

Steven is a sports and horseracing enthusiast and is a member of the Horseracing Writers and Photographers Association (HWPA) in the United Kingdom.

He is a regular visitor to Paris Longchamp for the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe and a lifelong fan of the Aintree Grand National, a subject he writes about 52 weeks of the year. Last year he reached the impressive milestone of attending the last 25 renewals of the Grand National.